Dark Knight - Too scary for PG-13 rating?

Filed under: Tweens, Teens, Media

On a rare date night, my husband and I went and saw Dark Knight last weekend, to find out what all the excitement was about. Though I thought the movie was really well done and can understand all the buzz, it was hard for me to concentrate on it because of the boys sitting in front of me. It's not that they were too noisy or distracting, it's that they appeared to be 6 to 8 years old. As the movie grew psychologically darker and darker, I couldn't help but wonder how it was affecting them.

This year's Batman is no kid flick and doesn't even try to be. Its PG-13 rating should be enough to warn parents that the content isn't suitable for young children (note: that's not permission to leave your young children in the car, by the way). But is a PG-13 rating high enough? Complaints from British parents are piling up, saying that the 12a classification the movie received there (similar to our PG-13 rating) isn't appropriate and that the movie should be rated 15a (no one under 15 admitted without an adult). Ireland and Scandinavia both rated the movie 15a.

My husband and I talked about this in depth on the ride home. Why does violence not warrant the higher ratings that drugs, sex, and language get? This movie was very violent; even if the camera cut away before viewers could see any gore, there was very little left to the imagination. Kids under the age of 13 are clamoring to see this movie -- it IS Batman, after all -- but this is definitely one movie where parents might want to adhere to the rating or at least pre-screen it themselves.

Did you see the Dark Knight? What did you think?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.